Blogs with tag Advocacy

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Just Ask: What we can learn from AAC users

Last year, we launched a new section of our website called Learn AAC. Our next project was to better support AAC users themselves. Here we share the insights we got from AAC users on their experiences.
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Inclusion is about truly leveling the playing field

Inclusion is one of those words that has a beautiful ring to it, but in practice can mean many things to many people. Inclusion is about more than putting nonverbal students in mainstream classrooms. It goes beyond physical supports, like access ramps to the local library.
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Respecting privacy in AAC

Autism Acceptance Month challenges us to examine how we teach autonomy and privacy to people learning to use AAC. Alyssa Hillary is an Autistic graduate student in neuroscience, where they do AAC-related research. Their perspective on privacy and autonomy was so powerful that it needed its own blog, which they tell about in their own words here.
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AAC and the power of language

Everyone communicates. Communicating with others gives us connection and control in our lives. There are many ways to communicate - with facial expressions, gestures, and words and sentences. A key factor in successful communication is having language. Language gives us the words and ways to share our own thoughts and ideas, desires, and wishes.
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Is AAC always a voice?

We often talk about how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) gives people a voice, but nobody can decide what someone else’s true voice is.
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Supporting all forms of communication

Communication can be defined as exchanging information by speaking, writing or some other means. It’s how we give and receive messages. But it is so much more than that.
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Presuming competence: the only prerequisite to AAC

We develop Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) apps and have been doing so for over 10 years. Some of us have been in the field for two or three decades and, while systems have changed and improved, one roadblock to communication remains.
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5 of our favorite autistic bloggers

In honor of both Autism Acceptance Month and Autistic Pride Day we would like to share with you some of our favorite blogs written by autistic people. Each blogger shares a few words to introduce their blog and some of the motivations behind writing it.
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